House of Dark Shadows, by Robert Liparulo
Xander King’s family is moving, and he’s not happy about it. Pinedale, the town they will now call home, is in the middle of nowhere, far away from his girlfriend and friends, and the school doesn’t even have a soccer team. He’s even less happy when he sees the house they are moving to. It gives Xander the creeps. And well it should. Interspersed through the story of the Kings’ arrival in town are scenes set in the house they will soon call home. A presence is there, and terrible things happened in the house many years ago. When the Kings explore their new home, they find footprints in the long-abandoned house. They also discover that sound travels strangely within its walls. Still, Xander’s dad intends to stay.
When Xander and his brother David find a linen closet in the house that transports them into a locker at the local school, Xander begins to see that the house is even stranger than he thought. Soon they find entryways to other, even more amazing places… and times. One night, Xander’s sister Toria sees the outline of a large, hulking man in her bedroom doorway, and they realize that not only can they go out through the gateways— other people can get in.
House of Dark Shadows is just the first in Robert Liparulo’s Dreamhouse Kings series, and it is followed up by Watcher in the Woods.
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